The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
El Milagro Workers on Strike

Sep 27, 2021

Second shift workers at El Milagro tortilla company walked off the job the afternoon of Thursday, September 23rd. Dozens of workers picketed in front of the company’s Little Village restaurant.

The pandemic increased demand for foods like tortillas. For the workers, this meant a grueling speed up, under working conditions that were already difficult. At least 85 El Milagro workers in Chicago caught Covid during the pandemic, five of whom died. The company has offered higher pay to attract new hires, but they didn’t necessarily raise the pay of workers who’ve been there for years, making some angry enough to hit the bricks.

Strikers returned Friday to find the company had locked them out. Workers at El Milagro do not have a union, but they were working with Arise Chicago Workers Center. They are only the latest workers, like those at Nabisco, who have started to fight.